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Single Parents: How to Find a Family Friendly Health Care Career

Single Parents How to Find a Family Friendly Health Care CareerAs a single parent, you need a quality, rewarding career that will allow you to be at home to care for your family. Finding one in the healthcare field might not be as difficult as you think! With a great education, a little patience, and luck on your side, you can find the perfect job for your family.

Get Your Masters

A master’s degree in healthcare will help open plenty of doors for you. In many cases, it will make it easier to choose a job that works for you instead of having to put in your time at a practice that simply doesn’t have the hours you need.

Consider a Job Inside a Large Practice

When you work as part of a large practice, it’s easier to call out sick for the day if you have a child at home with a fever. Need to schedule some time off for a field trip? It’s much easier when there are several others on staff who will be able to cover for you. It’s much harder to arrange to be off work when you’re part of a small practice where every hand is necessary to keep things working smoothly.

Work From Home

Not every healthcare job requires you to go to work every day. Working as a medical transcriptionist will allow you to work from home, often setting your own hours based on what is convenient for you and your family. As a caregiver for an elderly individual, you might be able to bring your kids to work with you as long as everyone is healthy. There’s nothing more freeing than being able to work and take care of your kids at the same time. Just make sure you carefully consider your kids’ styles and yours: working at home isn’t for everyone, and some parents find it very difficult to accomplish anything when the kids are at home.

Consider Overnights

Do you have a family member or friend who would be willing to stay with the kids while you work overnights at a hospital? Working nights can be difficult, but it also frees up your schedule to allow you to spend more time with your kids during the day. If you have a reputable caregiver who can handle putting the kids to bed and being on hand in case an emergency occurs in the middle of the night, you can head off to work knowing that you won’t miss anything.

Juggling a career as a single parent is a challenge, but it’s one that’s well worth it. As you learn to develop a schedule that works for your family, you’ll discover the rewards of working and caring for your kids on your own–not to mention finding a well of strength within yourself that you never knew existed.

Tim Esterdahl

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